Raped in the centre

Gabrielle Anne Everall


This is an autobiographical poem sequence about being raped in the Northern Territory. Split across three linked but distinct numbered sections, each of which foregrounds enjambment and stanza breaks, the poem deploys fictocritical strategies of fragmentation in order to speak both the violence of the rape act and the trauma resulting therefrom. White space is also foregrounded in ways that signify silence while un-doing silence. Recently, a profusion of independent and mainstream media stories, along with the #metoo campaign, have signalled the need for more open discussion and sharing of stories about sexually-driven violence and exploitation. By telling one such story, ‘Raped in the Centre’ contributes to the discussion and to the collective struggle for a world in which all people may feel safe, valued and supported.     


Poetry; Rape; Violence; Fictocriticism; #metoo

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